It is a short and simple process to plumb your shower drain. It will require that you pay close attention, because detail is important when plumbing in a shower. However, if you follow a plan correctly, you will be able to install a new shower drain just like any professional. All you need are some common tools for construction and a good plan.
Things You'll Need
- Fiberglass shower pan
- Drain spud
- Rubber drain gasket
- Spud wrench
Place the shower's floor pan into your built frame to figure out a drain hole location. Ensure the pan is facing the correct direction. Mark where the drain will go, using a pencil.
Remove the pan from the frame. Cut the marked hole with a saber; it must be a little wider than the opening in your pan. Run the plumbing through the concrete gap if you intend to set the shower right into a concrete floor.
Insert the drain spud into the pan. Thread the spud, using the spud nut. The best tool to use for threading spuds is a spud wrench. Thread it gently until you feel it attach snugly.
Level and set your pan into the frame. Seal the space between the spud and the pan with a rubber gasket. Use a packing iron and a hammer for best results. Do not use lubrication on the gasket.
Place the drain guard on top of the drain. Depending on your guard, you may need to pop or screw it in or it may simply rest there.
- "Plumbing: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Projects;" Merle Henkenius; 2002
- "Home How-to Handbook: Plumbing;" Rick Peters; 2006
- Photo Credit Shower image by Semfamily from Fotolia.com
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